The survey looked at 50 destinations across the United States and the destinations’ car rental...

The survey looked at 50 destinations across the United States and the destinations’ car rental rates across all national car rental companies, comparing rates at pick-up locations both in urban hubs and at airports.

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According to a recent survey conducted by CheapCarRental.net, Detroit is the most expensive U.S. destination for rental car rates this summer.

The survey looked at 50 destinations across the United States and the destinations’ car rental rates across all national car rental companies, comparing rates at pick-up locations both in urban hubs and at airports.

In Detroit, travelers can expect to spend, on average, $446 per week for the most affordable available rental car this summer. Memphis ($425) and Philadelphia ($406) come in second and third for highest average weekly rental car rates in the U.S.

The least expensive U.S. destinations in terms of car rental rates this summer are Orlando and Los Angeles, with average weekly rates of $120 and $130, respectively.

The findings fall in line with relatively affordable average weekly car rental rates across all of California and Florida, with rates across the states generally sticking below $200 per week.In total, rental car rates across the country are down by approximately 15% this year, with rates in some destinations, such as Boston and Seattle, down by nearly 40% in response. While road trip travel is up this season, the new demand is not compensating for the loss in demand related to air travel.

The survey concluded that rental car rates across the country are significantly more affordable than last year, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following compares car rental rates of 50 destinations in the USA. The prices shown reflect the average weekly rates for the cheapest available car rentals in each city, Aug. 1–31.

  1. Detroit: $446
  2. Memphis: $425
  3. Philadelphia: $406
  4. Kansas City: $385
  5. Pittsburgh: $352
  6. Indianapolis: $331
  7. Sacramento: $329
  8. New York City: $326
  9. Anchorage: $325
  10. Albuquerque: $316
  11. Omaha: $317
  12. Charlotte: $312
  13. Seattle: $312
  14. New Orleans: $302
  15. Chicago: $295
  16. Minneapolis: $291
  17. Raleigh: $287
  18. Washington, D.C: $273
  19. Oklahoma City: $268
  20. Dallas: $259
  21. Austin: $254
  22. Seattle: $251
  23. Portland: $253
  24. Baltimore: $253
  25. Louisville: $252
  26. Cleveland: $251
  27. Atlanta: $250
  28. El Paso: $245
  29. San Diego: $241
  30. Boston: $240
  31. Fresno: $239
  32. Milwaukee: $235
  33. Phoenix: $234
  34. Houston: $234
  35. Nashville: $233
  36. San Jose: $224
  37. Honolulu: $214
  38. Cincinnati: $214
  39. Tuscon: $213
  40. Jacksonville: $200
  41. Oakland: $200
  42. St. Louis: $199
  43. San Francisco: $198
  44. San Diego: $197
  45. Las Vegas: $149
  46. Columbus: $168
  47. Miami: $163
  48. Tampa: $157
  49. Los Angeles: $130
  50. Orlando: $120
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